As colder weather blows in, so does the likelihood that Riverhead is going to experience some bad weather. Whether it is rain or snow, it’s better to be prepared to drive in it, rather than be caught unawares. Here are some bad weather driving tips that should keep you safe throughout the winter.
Slow down. Speeding is never a good idea, but this is especially so when the roads are slick with water, snow, or ice. Even if you have all-wheel drive, slow down about 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. If the conditions are really bad, cut back another five miles per hour until you are comfortable.
Avoid tailgating. You should always leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you in bad weather. The suggested distance is about the length of a football field. By doing this, you will have plenty of time to stop if the person in front of you suddenly brakes.
Turn into a skid. Even if you are the safest bad-weather driver ever, it is still possible to skid on an icy or wet road. If this occurs, remain calm and take your foot off the pedals. Then, turn the car in the direction the car is skidding. This means if your car is skidding to the right, then turn your steering wheel to the right. The movement should help your vehicle straighten out and end the skid.